Dimensional Design Theory 

the mechanics of creativity


Dimensional Design describes a model of design-operating, that challenges traditional modes of thinking and approaches to design. It encourages a more creative and inventive mindset by embracing abstract thinking processes and non-linear approaches.1

One aspect of the shift is the recognition of the limitations of dualistic thinking. Dualistic thinking often involves approaching problems with a binary mindset, where there is a strict division between opposing concepts such as right/wrong, black/white, or logical/intuitive. Dimensional Design Theory suggests that this dualistic approach can be limiting and may hinder the exploration of innovative ideas. Instead, it promotes a more holistic view that combines instinctive and constructive [Prismatic Thinking] models, allowing for a wider range of possibilities, and solutions.

The theory will be presented through several case studies to demonstrate the practical application of dimensional thinking in everyday design practice. It highlights the importance of finding one's own personality and authentic expression in design, transcending rigid rules and conventions. Another key element of the shift is the emphasis on imagination ~ memory.

Dimensional Design acknowledges the power of imagination in the creative process and encourages designers to tap into the deep pool of subconscious knowledge. It also proposes a non-linear approach to memory, recognizing that our brains organize memories in complex, interconnected ways, rather than in a linear fashion.

By embracing this non-linear aspect of memory, designers can unlock new associations, patterns, and insights that can inform their design process. Furthermore, the shift involves embracing abstraction and abstract thinking. Encouraging designers to engage in abstract thinking processes, allowing ideas to emerge from the realm of the unknown. This departure from rigid thinking patterns can lead to novel and more innovative solutions.

Encourage designers to think beyond traditional boundaries and explore new dimensions of creativity. By developing a more open, imaginative, and non-linear mindset, we can unlock our full creative potential and create more unique and impactful designs.

1 The theory draws inspiration from various sources, C.P. Snow (The two cultures and the scientific revolution),  Michael Talbot (The Holographic Universe 2nd part of book), David Bohm (Science, Order & Creativity ~ Wholeness and the Implicate Order), David Lynch interpretation of transcendental meditation and are shaped through numerous conversations with the artist-architect Michal Czerwinski.

Marcel Moonen 07.07.2023, Dimensional Design Theory Abstract [EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY] Triple-A Society, M. Production